2017 Reading Festival Authors

The author schedule will be posted in early February on the attend/schedule page.

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Past Featured Authors

  • Tony Abbott 2008
  • Betzi Abram 2003
  • Diana Abu-Jaber 2012
  • Chantel Acevedo 2016
  • Michele Albion 2011, 2013
  • Steve Alten 2008
  • Marty Ambrose 2000
  • Derek Anderson 2004
  • Mary Kay Andrews 2008, 2013
  • Sergio Andricaín 2014
  • Jennifer Arena 2016
  • Tedd Arnold 2013
  • Ace Atkins 2001
  • Jamie Ayres 2014
  • Larry Baker 2011
  • David Baldacci 2007
  • Jennifer Barnes 2011, 2015
  • Annie Barrows 2013
  • Ted Bell 2011
  • Dorothea Benton Frank 2013
  • Alex Berenson 2013
  • Elizabeth Berg 2002
  • Marianne Berkes 2006, 2008
  • Eileen Bernard 2003
  • Steve Berry 2006
  • Phil Bildner 2005, 2011
  • Reshonda Tate Billingsley 2007
  • Clinton L. Black 2001
  • Lisa Black 2007, 2009, 2012
  • Richard Blanco 2015
  • Herman Bly 2002
  • Prudy Taylor Board 2005, 2011
  • James O. Born 2008, 2016
  • Ben Bova 2001, 2005
  • Valerie Boyd 2005
  • Kim Boykin 2015
  • Rick Bragg 2004
  • Connie Bransilver 2001
  • Allison Brennan 2016
  • Denise Brennan-Nelson 2014
  • Scott Brick 2007, 2011
  • Douglas Brinkley 2004
  • Kristen Britain 2004
  • Suzanne Brockmann 2007
  • Sandra Brown 2005
  • Tracy Brown 2009
  • Wanda Brunstetter 2014
  • Nick Bruel 2011
  • Michael Buckley 2012
  • Sheramy Bundrick 2010
  • T. Davis Bunn 2003
  • Alafair Burke 2014
  • Jan Burke 2000, 2004
  • Nancy Bush 2008
  • T.J. Butler 2002, 2004
  • Meg Cabot 2006, 2016
  • W. Bruce Cameron 2014
  • Frank Cammuso 2015
  • Elisa Carbone 2004
  • Melody Carlson 2014
  • Gail Carson Levine 2013
  • Ally Carter 2013
  • Mary Casanova 2006
  • Dixie Cash 2007
  • Wiley Cash 2014
  • Joy Castro 2013
  • Marsha Wilson Chall 2005
  • Joelle Charbonneau 2016
  • Cinda Chima 2015
  • Lindsay Cibos 2008
  • Scott Ciencin 2000 – 2003
  • Chris Claremont 2010
  • Carol Higgins Clark 2006
  • Mary Jane Clark 2011
  • Nancy Cohen 2001, 2004
  • Evelyn Coleman 2001, 2001
  • Maria Antonieta Collins 2007
  • Sheila Herbet Collins 2003
  • Patrick Comer 2000
  • Michael Connelly 2002
  • Lori Copeland 2007
  • Tom Corcoran 2000
  • Enrique Cordoba 2005
  • Catherine Coulter 2013
  • Jasmine Cresswell 2001
  • Millie Criswell 2001
  • Deborah Crombie 2012
  • Christopher Paul Curtis 2012
  • Lauren Dane 2016
  • Susanna Daniel 2011
  • Cynthia Darlow 2008
  • S.V. Date 2002, 2005
  • Katie Davis 2009
  • Kimberly Carol Williams Davis 2002
  • Melissa de la Cruz 2008
  • Jeffery Deaver 2005
  • Nora DeLoach 2000
  • Nelson DeMille 2011
  • Wes DeMott 2001
  • Paul Doiron 2016
  • Trish Doller 2016
  • David Dorsey 2015
  • Tim Dorsey 2009, 2010, 2013
  • Sharon M. Draper 2010
  • Stella Pope Duarte 2006
  • Martha Tod Dudman 2008
  • Martin Dugard 2013
  • Lois Duncan 2002
  • Mark “Tiger” Edmonds 2003
  • Jason Edwards 2010
  • Brian Egeston 2002, 2003
  • Eric Elfman 2016
  • Roger Eschbacher 2004, 2007
  • Laura Esquivel 2007
  • David Essel 2003
  • Janet Evanovich 2005
  • Mary Anna Evans 2004
  • Linda Fairstein 2011
  • Richard Ferrone 2008
  • Joy Fielding 2004, 2013
  • Adrian Fogelin 2003
  • Connie May Fowler 2006
  • Marcia Freeman 2002
  • Dennis Fried 2001
  • Jeaniene Frost 2013
  • Diana Gabaldon 2003
  • Ed Gaffney 2007
  • Carolina Garcia-Aguilera 2000, 2004, 2006
  • Edmund Gatley 2004
  • Judy Gelman 2008
  • Tess Gerritsen 2009
  • Diana Hollingsworth Gessler 2002
  • Sha’ Givens 2004
  • Anna Godbersen 2012
  • Christopher Golden 2003
  • Lucia M. Gonzalez 2010
  • Paulette Goodman 2003
  • Kathleen Goonan 2000
  • Sue Grafton 2002
  • Heather Graham 2001, 2011
  • Rubye Graham-Emerson 2003
  • Jane Green 2012, 2013
  • H.Terrell Griffin 2013
  • James Grippando 2004, 2010
  • Andrew Gross 2014
  • Michael Grunwald 2007
  • George Guidall 2012
  • Robin Jones Gunn 2007
  • Donna Guthrie 2003
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix 2010
  • Patricia Haley 2003
  • James W. Hall 2000, 2004
  • Joan Hiatt Harlow 2006
  • Charise Meracle Harper 2015
  • Karen Harper 2000, 2001, 2007
  • Kim Harrison 2013
  • Kristy Woodson Harvey 2016
  • Gerald Hausman 2000, 2002
  • Pete Hautman 2005
  • Jean Heller 2000
  • Hilary Hemingway 2001
  • Beverly Taylor Herald 2001
  • Maude Heurtelou 2003
  • Carl Hiaasen 2000
  • Robert Hicks 2007
  • Joe Hill 2008
  • Jared Hodges 2008
  • Alice Hoffman 2011
  • William Hoffman 2002
  • Nancy Holder 2012
  • Kimberly Willis Holt 2005
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins 2010
  • Ellen Hopkins 2013
  • Nancy Horan 2015
  • Darrell House 2006, 2009
  • Ard Hoyt 2004
  • Ad Hudler 2003, 2006, 2009
  • Angela Elwell Hunt 2000
  • Travis Hunter 2002
  • Amy Ignatow 2015
  • Michael Imepellizzeri 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Brenda Jackson 2004, 2008
  • Lisa Jackson 2010
  • Eloisa James 2014
  • Lorelei James 2016
  • J.A. Jance 2011
  • Iris Johansen 2012
  • Roy Johansen 2012
  • Franklyn Johnson 2001
  • Karla Juarez 2003, 2005
  • Richard Kadrey 2015
  • Stuart Kaminsky 2000
  • Victoria Kann 2011
  • James Kaserman 2001
  • James & Sarah Jane Kaserman 2002
  • Alex Kava 2012
  • Laurie Keller 2015
  • Katherine Kellgren 2011
  • Dr. Carol Kennedy 2001, 2002
  • Barbara Kesel 2003
  • Helen Ketteman 2004
  • Sue Monk Kidd 2014
  • Cassandra King 2005
  • Jonathon King 2003
  • Peter King 2001
  • Shelly King 2015
  • Jeff Kinney 2009
  • Christine Kling 2005
  • Jeff Klinkenberg 2007
  • Debra Knight 2002
  • Julie Kramer 2014
  • Uma Krishnaswami 2004
  • Jarrett Krosoczka 2008
  • Vicki Levy Krupp 2008
  • Jon Land 2015
  • Lorna Landvik 2006
  • Kelly Lange 2002
  • Alison Larkin 2008
  • Erik Larson 2012
  • Dennis Lehane 2000, 2009
  • Christine Lemmon 2001, 2002
  • Betsy Lewin 2014
  • Ted Lewin 2014
  • Kevin Lewis 2005
  • Jeff Lindsay 2001, 2007, 2009, 2015
  • Laura Lippman 2015
  • David Liss 2009
  • Eric Litwin 2011
  • Martín Llorens 2014
  • Gary Loderhose 2002
  • Mary Logue 2005
  • Ethan Long 2014
  • Lois Lowry 2009
  • Lisa Lutz 2008
  • Jay MacDonald 2006
  • Doug MacGregor 2000, 2001, 2002
  • TJ MacGregor 2001
  • Debbie Macomber 2006, 2016
  • Robert Macomber 2004, 2009, 2010
  • Michelle Madow 2014
  • Susan Mallery 2015
  • Phillip Margolin 2004, 2014
  • Margaret Maron 2014
  • Michele Martinez 2008
  • Connie Mason 2000
  • Janeen Mason 2009
  • Susan Rowan Masters 2003
  • Peter Matthiessen 2002
  • S.R. Maxeiner, Jr. M.D. 2003
  • Timmothy McCann 2002
  • Erin McCarthy 2007
  • Sharyn McCrumb 2006
  • Nina McGuire 2000
  • LuAnn McLane 2014
  • Bob McLeod 2007
  • C.C. Medina 2001
  • Meg Medina 2016
  • Maile Meloy 2015
  • Brad Meltzer 2006
  • Shelley Fraser Mickle 2003
  • Linda Lael Miller 2007
  • Sue Miller 2006
  • Wendy Howell Mills 2004
  • Lisa Miscione 2005
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard 2016
  • Mary Alice Monroe 2001, 2004, 2015
  • Johanna Moran 2010
  • Gustavo Bolivar Moreno 2008
  • David Morrell 2003
  • Bob Morris 2005, 2008
  • William Morrow 2003
  • Stan Mulford 2002
  • Stuart Murphy 2002
  • Victoria Christopher Murray 2003
  • Lauren Myracle 2010
  • Donna Jo Napoli 2004
  • Carla Norton 2015
  • Julie & Mike Neal 2003
  • Carla Neggers 2008, 2010
  • Kadir Nelson 2013
  • Kitty Oliver 2003
  • Lauren Oliver 2012
  • James O’Neal 2010
  • Joseph Pacheco 2005
  • Daniel Palmer 2016
  • Michael Palmer 2005, 2012
  • Barbara Parker 2000
  • Doris L. Parker 2001
  • P.J. Parrish 2003, 2004
  • Stephan Pastis 2014
  • Ridley Pearson 2011
  • Robert Newton Peck 2002
  • Ana Sofia Pelaez 2016
  • George Pelecanos 2006
  • Sara Pennypacker 2012
  • Mike Perkins 2003
  • Kayla Perrin 2001
  • Martha Lou Perritti 2003
  • Esther Sandner Petersen 2003
  • Dani Pettrey 2015
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips 2011
  • Nancy Pickard 2001, 2003
  • Peggy Post 2003
  • Kevin Powell 2004
  • Martha Powers 2001
  • Jack Prelutsky 2004
  • Margi Preus 2013
  • Mary Jo Putney 2004
  • Julia Quinn 2014
  • Maria Rado 2005
  • Chris Raschka 2003
  • Randy Rawls 2015
  • Frank Remkiewicz 2001, 2002
  • Patricia Rice 2001
  • Larry Richardson 2001
  • Sherri Duskey Rinker 2016
  • Paul Ruben 2008
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan 2014
  • Anthony Samad 2004
  • Judy Schachner 2012
  • Frederick Schofield 2001
  • Aileen Schumacher 2000
  • Lisa Scottoline 2010
  • Brenda Seabrooke 2001, 2002
  • Jeff Shaara 2009
  • Jill Shalvis 2014
  • Deborah Sharp 2013
  • Bob Shea 2013
  • Courtney Sheinmel 2014
  • Sara Shepard 2011
  • Neal Shusterman 2016
  • Linda Shute 2001
  • Obert Skye 2012
  • Holly Goldberg Sloan 2015
  • Irene Smalls 2007, 2008
  • Patrick Smith 2000
  • Cynthia Smith, Leitch 2011
  • Tom Smoot 2009
  • Charles Sobczak 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Bill Sparks 2003
  • Erica Spindler 2012
  • Patricia Sprinkle 2001
  • Les Standiford 2000, 2007, 2013
  • Wendy Corsi Staub 2008
  • David Ezra Stein 2012
  • R.L. Stine 2010
  • Sarah Strohmeyer 2004
  • Dana Sullivan 2015
  • Marlene Taylor 2002
  • Candis Terry 2015
  • Carlene A. Thissen 2005
  • Jodi Thomas 2016
  • Trisha R. Thomas 2005
  • Salome Thomas-EL 2003
  • Tracy Price Thompson 2002
  • Caroline Todd 2012
  • Duncan Tonatiuh 2015
  • Kathy Hogan Trocheck 2001
  • Thrity Umrigar 2012
  • Vivian Vande Velde 2006
  • Annie Vanderbilt 2009
  • Ana Veciana-Suarez 2004
  • Elaine Viets 2000, 2004
  • Debbie Viguie 2012
  • Brady Vogt 2002
  • M. Diane Vogt 2001, 2005
  • Susan Vreeland 2008
  • Tina Wainscott 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Blair S. Walker 2003
  • Melanie Watt 2013
  • Joe Weber 2004
  • Elissa Brent Weissman 2016
  • Rosemary Wells 2011
  • Valerie Wilson Wesley 2006
  • Charles G. West 2000
  • Chassie West 2001
  • Diana Lee Whatley 2004
  • Kate White 2016
  • Randy Wayne White 2003
  • Tyler Whitesides 2014
  • Susan Wiggs 2005
  • Doug Wilhelm 2007
  • Sheila Williams 2004
  • F. Paul Wilson 2007, 2010
  • Darryl Wimberley 2001
  • Douglas Wood 2006
  • Stuart Woods 2008
  • Lori Woolridge 2003, 2004
  • Dan Yaccarino 2004, 2005
  • Rick Yancey 2014
  • Mario Alberto Zambrano 2014
  • Zane 2012

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Adult Authors

  • Holly Brown
    Holly Brown

    Holly Brown

    Holly Brown is the author of three novels of domestic suspense: Don’t Try to Find Me, A Necessary End and This Is Not Over. She is also a practicing marriage and family therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Visit www.hollybrownbooks.com

  • Colin Campbell
    Colin Campbell

    Colin Campbell

    Colin Campbell is The New York Times Bestselling author of Free Days with George. Before becoming an author, Colin was a longtime marketing executive specializing in sports, hockey in particular. He has held senior creative management positions in major agencies MKTG and MacLaren McCann, as well as heading marketing programs for the National Hockey League Players Association, the Canadian Hockey League, and HockeyTech, He has developed marketing campaigns for such brands as Nike, Mattel and General Motors. With Colin is George, the subject of his first book, Free Days with George. George is a 9 year old, 140-pound Newfoundland Landseer. George, formerly a homeless rescue, is the 2009, 2010 Surf City Surf Dog California Heavyweight Surfing Champion. Visit http://www.freedayswithgeorge.com/

  • Shelly Shepard Gray
    Shelly Shepard Gray

    Shelly Shepard Gray

    Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail. Visit www.shelleyshepardgray.com

  • Mark Greaney
    Mark Greaney

    Mark Greaney

    Mark Greaney is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and co-author of seven Tom Clancy Jack Ryan novels, the most recent of which, Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance, was released in 2016. He is also the author of seven Gray Man novels, the most recent of which, Gunmetal Gray, will be released in February. Visit www.markgreaneybooks.com

  • James Grippando
    James Grippando

    James Grippando

    James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense. Most Dangerous Place is his 25th novel, the 13th in his acclaimed series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. He is also the author of The Penny Jumper, a novella, released in October. His books are enjoyed worldwide in 28 languages. James was a trial lawyer for 12 years before the publication of his first novel, The Pardon, in 1994. He is now Counsel at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP, where he represents a wide range of clients, from producers of Broadway shows to miners of personal data. He lives in south Florida with his wife, three children, two cats and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea he’s a dog. Visit www.jamesgrippando.com

  • Nathan Hill
    Nathan Hill

    Nathan Hill

    Nathan Hill’s short stories have appeared in The Iowa Revew, AGNI, Fugue, the Denver Quarterly and many other journals. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a Donald Barthelme Prize in Short Prose and has received an Artist Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Hill is an associate professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he’s taught creative writing and literature courses. He holds a BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A native Iowan, Hill grew up all over the Midwest but now lives in Naples, Florida. The Nix is his debut novel. Visit www.nathanhill.net

  • Gregg Hurwitz
    Gregg Hurwitz

    Gregg Hurwitz

    Gregg Hurwitz is The New York Times bestselling author of 16 thrillers, most recently, The Nowhere Man. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top 10 lists and have been translated into 29 languages. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios and written, developed and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles. Visit www.gregghurwitz.net

  • Cassandra King
    Cassandra King

    Cassandra King

    Cassandra King is the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Moonrise, her literary homage to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Moonrise was an Okra Pick and a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) best-seller. Her previous novels include Making Waves, and best-sellers The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls and Queen of Broken Hearts. King’s short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including, Belles’ Letters: Contemporary Fiction by Alabama Women, Stories From Where We Live, and Stories From The Blue Moon Café. The Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life is a nonfiction gift book based on a commencement address she delivered at her Alabama alma mater, Montevallo College.

     

    Aside from writing fiction and essays, she has taught writing on the college level, conducted writing seminars and worked as a human-interest reporter for an Alabama, weekly paper. A native of L.A. (Lower Alabama), King, a mother and grandmother, currently lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. She is the widow of novelist Pat Conroy, and the board chairwoman of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, a newly founded educational arts organization located in Beaufort, SC. Visit www.cassandrakingconroy.com

  • Mary Kubica
    Mary Kubica

    Mary Kubica

    Mary Kubica is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature, and lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. The Good Girl received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014. Don’t You Cry is her third novel. Visit www.marykubica.com

  • Taya Kyle
    Taya Kyle

    Taya Kyle

    Taya Kyle is the wife of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL, New York Times bestselling author. Taya and Chris are the subject of the four time Academy Award nominated 2014 film American Sniper. She is also The New York Times bestselling author of American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith & Renewal. Taya speaks to audiences across the country about Chris’s and her story, perseverance, triumphs through tragedy and the common ground we all have in fighting the battles of life. She has appeared extensively on television, radio & in print, including: ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC, NPR, MSNBC and People magazine. Taya serves as Executive Director of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF), standing strong for God, Country and Family by strengthening military and first responder marriages through revitalization retreats and building a powerful network of service members dedicated to the survival of their marriages. These marriages are most often sacrificed in a life of service. CKFF aims to change that to ensure our service members and their families not only survive their service, but thrive in it. Taya lives in Texas where she raises her two children. Visit www.tayakyle.com

  • Craig Pittman
    Craig Pittman

    Craig Pittman

    Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times, and twice won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Stories he has written for Sarasota magazine have won three first-place awards from the Florida Magazine Association. He is the co-author, with Matthew Waite, of Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss and the author of Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered SpeciesThe Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid, and now Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, which the New York Times called “compulsively readable.” Visit www.craigpittman.com

  • Kimberla Lawson Roby
    Kimberla Lawson Roby

    Kimberla Lawson Roby

    Kimberla Lawson Roby is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of 25 novels, including her popular Reverend Curtis Black series (A Sinful Calling, The Ultimate Betrayal, The Prodigal Son and more) and standalone titles such as Copycat, Best Friends Forever, A Christmas Prayer and The Perfect Marriage. She lives in Illinois with her husband, Will. Visit www.kimroby.com

  • D. Watkins
    D. Watkins

    D. Watkins

    D. Watkins is a New York Times bestselling author and a columnist for Salon. His work has been published in The New York Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone and other publications. He holds a master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ford’s Men of Courage and a BME Fellowship. Watkins is from and lives in East Baltimore. He is the author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. Visit www.d-watkins.com

  • Susan Wiggs
    Susan Wiggs

    Susan Wiggs

    Susan Wiggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, with her books in print in 30 countries. A native of a small town in upstate New York, she now lives with her husband at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound and in good weather can commute to her writers’ group in a 21-foot motorboat. A former teacher and graduate of the University of Texas and Harvard, Susan is also an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and cautious mountain biker — yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. Visit www.susanwiggs.com

  • Lori Wilde
    Lori Wilde

    Lori Wilde

    Lori Wilde is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 78 works of fiction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

    A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds. Visit http://www.loriwilde.com/

  • Beatriz Williams
    Beatriz Williams

    Beatriz Williams

    Beatriz Williams is a graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia. She spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons before her career as a writer took off. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore. Visit www.beatrizwilliams.com

Teen Authors

  • Kami Garcia
    Kami Garcia

    Kami Garcia

    Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker–nominated author and the co-author of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Her solo series, the Legion, includes the instant New York Times best-seller Unbreakable and its sequel, Unmarked. Visit www.kamigarcia.com

  • S.J. Kincaid
    S.J. Kincaid

    S.J. Kincaid

    S.J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize. Its sequels, Vortex and Catalyst, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. Her latest novel, The Diabolic, is available now from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Visit www.sjkincaid.com

  • Michelle Knudsen
    Michelle Knudsen

    Michelle Knudsen

    Michelle Knudsen is the author of Evil Librarian as well as the Trelian middle-grade fantasy series and several picture books, including the bestselling Library Lion, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Michelle Knudsen lives in Brooklyn. Visit www.michelleknudsen.com

  • Sara Shepard
    Sara Shepard

    Sara Shepard

    Sara Shepard has been writing for as long as she can remember. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny. She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name. Her latest work is The Heiresses. Visit www.saracshepard.com

Child Authors

  • Candace Fleming
    Candace Fleming

    Candace Fleming

    Candace Fleming is the author of more than 30 books for children, including Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, Boxes for Katje , The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, Clever Jack Takes The Cake and Oh, No! (illustrated by Eric Rohmann,) all of which were named Notable Books by the American Library Association. In addition, she has written several nonfiction titles including The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look At Abraham and Mary which won the 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book award for Nonfiction; The Great and Only Barnum: the Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum , a 2010 Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, and Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, a New York Times Notable Book as well as the 2012 winner of SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award. Her most recent biography, The Family Romanov has won a slew of awards, among them the Boston-Globe Horn Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Literary Book Prize, SCBWI’s Golden Kite, NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Award and a 2015 Sibert Honor from ALSC. Her most latest release is a collaboration with partner Eric Rohmann titled Bulldozer’s Big Day. Visit www.candacefleming.com

  • Chris Grabenstein
    Chris Grabenstein

    Chris Grabenstein

    Chris Grabenstein is the author of The New York Times bestselling The Island of Dr. Libris, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, which was nominated for over 30 state awards. Visit http://www.chrisgrabenstein.com/

  • Grace Lin
    Grace Lin

    Grace Lin

    Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the SkyWhere the Mountain Meets the MoonThe Year of the DogThe Year of the RatDumpling Days, and the Ling & Ting series, as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone! Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts. Visit www.gracelin.com

  • Eric Rohmann
    Eric Rohmann

    Eric Rohmann

    Eric Rohmann is the award-winning author/illustrator of seven books for children and in 2004 won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit. He was previously awarded a Caldecott Honor for his book, Time Flies. His other books include the ALA Notable titles, Clara and Asha, A Kitten Tale and Bone Dog. He has also illustrated many other books, including Last Song, based on a poem by James Guthrie and Oh, No; Bulldozer’s Big Day and Giant Squid, all written by Candace Fleming, and has created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman and Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry. His artwork has been featured in various exhibitions and permanent collections throughout the United States. Visit www.ericrohmann.com

  • Tui T. Sutherland
    Tui T. Sutherland

    Tui T. Sutherland

    Tui T. Sutherland is the author of several books for young readers, including the Wings of Fire series and Spirit Animals #5: Against the Tide, both New York Times best-sellers. Sutherland lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. Visit www.tuibooks.com

  • Salina Yoon
    Salina Yoon

    Salina Yoon

    Salina Yoon is an award-winning author/illustrator of nearly 200 books for children including Be a Friend, Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin on Vacation, Penguin in Love, Penguin and Pumpkin, Penguin’s Big Adventure, Found and Stormy Night. She studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in San Diego with her family. Visit http://www.salinayoon.com/

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